Edge of Tomorrow is like Groundhog Day meets Oblivion, which sounds awful, yet somehow it works. You get to see Tom Cruise killed over and over by tentacled black aliens. As odd as that sounds, I recommend it. After viewing it last night, readers should be warned that there will be spoilers below. Simply put, the film is a presentation of Nietzsche’s eternal return, which is a restatement of the ancient view of cyclical history. The rise of Christianity and biblical, linear history displaced the older, wherein man was viewed as trapped in a never-ending wheel of reincarnations and rebirths. In this scheme, man’s actions in this life determine his higher or lower incarnation the next time around, with ultimate goal of transcending the cycle altogether. Eternal return thus differs, with the same characters returning to the same life and events they previously engaged in, leading to a fatalistic determinism.
In the film, Major William Cage (Cruise) is a propagandist in the near future for the NATO forces that have united to create the United Defense Force, or UDF, which functions as a high tech globalist supersoldier army, geared towards battling recent alien invaders. Cage is forced into demotion and enlistment as a frontline soldier, having never seen combat. Cage is a mere NATO/UDF propagandist, with his name itself signifying his existential and ontological state. Cage is trapped in a psychical, temporal prison of constantly reliving his day of death. The alien force, “Mimics,” are archons in the gnostic sense. In gnostic cosmology, the archons have the ability to manipulate time into a kind of prison. Certain humans are susceptible to the influence of the Mimics, and even have the presence of the mimics in their bloodlines.
The surprising element here is how close this story line matches up to real aspects of the actual new world order and its global conspiracy. The US/NATO/London axis are the global enforcement arms of the new world order, with virtually all of humanity falling under its sway. In the film, the “alien invasion” provokes the formation of the global government, unified finally under a common threat. The idea of using space aliens as a manufactured threat is a real psy op, with President Reagan even pushing the idea publicly at the United Nations. And to add more salt to the wound, the film’s usage of “alien bloodlines” is symbolic of the “elite” bloodlines of the real world, who do not intermarry or mix with the “profane” breed. This is demonstrated in the film when Cage accidentally receives a blood transfusion, making him common and depriving him of his occult powers of vision. The Mimics, who already know how the final battle will go, have the upper hand through advanced knowledge of the events.
One of the chief archontic deities who relates to time is Abraxas, mentioned by St. Irenaeus of Lyon as a deity invoked by the gnostic Baslidians. Wikipedia explains of Abraxas: